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56 Lying Quotes

But that he wrought so high the specious tale, As manifested plainly 'twas a lie. [Lat., Se non volea pulir sua scusa tanto, Che la facesse di menzogna rea.]

Ludovico Ariosto Quotes , Source: Orlando Furioso (XVIII, 84)

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Splendidly mendacious. [Lat., Splendide mendax.]

Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) Quotes , Source: Carmina (III, 11, 35)

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Round numbers are always false.

Samuel Johnson Quotes , Source: Johnsoniana--Apothegms, Sentiment, etc., From Hawkin's Collective Addition

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The lie is a condition of life.

Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes

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I tell him, if a clergyman, he lies! If captains the remark, or critics, make, Why they lie also--under a mistake.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: Don Juan

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And, after all, what is a lie? 'Tis but The truth in masquerade.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: Don Juan (canto XI, st. 37)

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You lie--under a mistake-- For this is the most civil sort of lie That can be given to a man's face, I now Say what I think.

Pedro Calderon de la Barca Quotes , Source: El Magico Prodigioso (sc. 1), translation by Shelley

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So near is falsehood to truth that a wise man would do well not to trust himself on the narrow edge. [Lat., Ita enim finitima sunt falsa veris ut in praecipitem locum non debeat se sapiens committere.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) Quotes , Source: Academici (IV, 21)

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Dare to be true: nothing can need a lie; A fault which needs it most, grows two thereby.

George Herbert Quotes , Source: Church Porch

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Why would anyone lie? The truth is always more colorful.

James Hall Quotes

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All men are born truthful and die liars.

Vauvenargues Quotes

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A liar should have a good memory.

Quintilian Quotes

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There are a terrible lot of lies going round the world, and the worst of it is that they're true.

Winston Churchill Quotes

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The cruelest lies are often told in silence.

Robert Louis Stevenson Quotes

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He who tells a lie is not sensible of how great a task he undertakes; for he must be forced to invent twenty more to maintain that one.

Alexander Pope Quotes

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Liars are always most disposed to swear. [It., A giurar presti i mentitor son sempre.]

Vittorio Alfieri Quotes , Source: Virginia (II, 3)

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I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted: I said in my haste, All men are liars.

Bible Quotes , Source: Psalms (ch. CXVI, v. 11)

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Some truth there was, but dash'd and brew'd with lies, To please the fools, and puzzle all the wise.

John Dryden Quotes , Source: Absalom and Achitophel

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When I err every one can see it, but not when I lie. [Ger., Wenn ich irre kann es jeder bemerken; wenn ich luge, nicht.]

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes , Source: Spruche in Prosa (III)

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For my part getting up seems not so easy By half as lying.

Thomas Hood Quotes , Source: Morning Meditations

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I do not mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy.

Samuel Butler Quotes

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There is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it.

William James Quotes

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A man would rather have a hundred lies told of him than one truth which he does not wish should be known.

Samuel Johnson Quotes

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The truth that survives is simply the lie that is pleasantest to believe.

H. L. Mencken Quotes

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You can best reward a liar by believing nothing of what he says.

Aristippus Quotes

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